Notable Quotes

Living Two Lives

People need to understand who we are today, and the struggles we’ve had to go through just to remain who we are, just to live our culture. We’re part of mainstream America but we still have to live in two lives. — Chief Steve Adkins, Chickahominy

Native Youth

Native youth may appear passive, but they have a lot to say. We need to listen to them more and not shut them down. — Jana Mashonee, Lumbee

As a Native Woman

Nine out of 10 people think that as a Native American woman, I'm supposed to look like either that Land-O-Lakes butter girl, or Disney's Pocahontas. — Charlotte Chinanao, Dineh and Jemez youth activist.


We understand education is our way up; it is freedom for our people. — Joy Culbreath, Choctaw

In Order to Win

In Native American society, the only way to resolve a conflict is to have the whole group win, or it's not considered a solution. Everyone must perceive him or herself to be a winner. — Michelle Mitton

Strength in Numbers

Build coalitions among Indian Nations. There is strength in numbers.  Your vote counts now as never before. — Leonard Peltier

Hope and Resiliency

Hope and resiliency. These are your greatest strengths.  We can work together. Sisters and brothers, all of one human family. Your generation and mine. — Leonard Peltier


Have you ever noticed that aliens never abduct Indians? Too much trouble. — Joe Medina, Lipan Apache


The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination. — Ward Elliot Hour

One Mind

We have to have one mind for the Four Directions. Until we reach that one mind, we cannot be filled with understanding.... The Creator will not answer until you have just one mind, just like if you have one person. — Grandfather William Commanda, Algonquin